Industry Trends

Tomorrow’s Endpoint Security: An Integrated and Automated Approach

By Damien Lim | August 02, 2016

The most recent data breaches in the health industry demonstrate the ingenuity of today’s cyberattackers. They are testing their mettle, not on one segment of an organization’s defenses, but on all of them - including their victim’s dependence on other vendors that support their business. Next-generation endpoint security can be effective as a point solution in securing one facet of an organization’s defense, but lacks two major aspects - integration and automation. This is what sets endpoint security that protects against today’s threats apart from those ready to defend against tomorrow’s.

Endpoint security cannot afford to operate in a vacuum, however, but must also participate as an integrated part of a larger security strategy or security fabric. Endpoints need to collaborate with other security elements, including sharing and receiving threat intelligence, thereby allowing an organization to respond to threats in real-time anywhere along the kill-chain.

Additionally, a key finding in ESG’s latest endpoint research reconfirms the growing shortage of IT security talent in the industry. Impacted organizations have begun to realize the critical importance of automation in order to compensate for scarce resources. And even more, given the speed at which an attack can now occur, removing human beings from the response equation can often make the difference between stopping a live attack and recovering from an attack that has already done its damage. Given that endpoints are often on the front end of an attack, automating response and remediation is critical.  

The latest release of FortiClient addresses these concerns with dynamic automation of threat protection combined with enhanced endpoint integration into the larger security architecture. FortiClient automates the prevent-detect-mitigation threat protection lifecycle through the combination of a built-in host security stack, along with the highly rated FortiSandbox breach detection solution designed to identify and prevent known and unknown exploits and malicious executables. These enhancements have been taken a step further with the integration of FortiClient into the Fortinet Security Fabric that helps simplify and automatically enforce endpoint compliance and threat containment through the sharing of local threat intelligence.

With this evolution towards integration, Fortinet’s Advanced Endpoint Protection platform allows organizations to seamlessly combine their endpoint security with their security architecture, allowing them to act as a whole in order to combat tomorrow’s threats effectively with a lean and efficient security team.


To learn more about FortiClient, download the datasheet.

To learn more about the endpoint findings from ESG, register online.